Tuesday, 30 August 2011

More content!

Another few pages have been reviewed. There is a sample of fish and poultry diseases, some are ready now. Check them out and let us know what you think!

Columnaris Disease
Cold Water Disease
Chicken Anaemia Virus Disease

Another book published by Manson is also ready, Small Mammals Q&A. It contains a selection of 21 questions relating to a variety of small mammals.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

New Page Reviewed and A Staff Member's Thoughts

Jaimie is another staff member that recently left to work as a veterinary surgeon. You can read her thoughts below. One of her pages has now been reviewed and can be seen at Ascaridia in Poultry.

Working for Wikivet

I joined the Wikivet team straight after finishing my finals in the interim before getting my first job as a Veterinary Surgeon.  It has been a very enjoyable experience and I feel lucky to have worked on the Wikivet project.  It was a good way to earn some money whilst learning a lot about different veterinary diseases through reading disease CABI sheets and summarising key facts and creating Wikivet pages.  I also helped to choose useful revision questions from Manson Self-Assessment Colour Review guides to open these resources up to all vet students online.  It gave me great job satisfaction to know that my work is going to help other veterinary students who will benefit from this information and the revision flashcards that I have designed. 
It has been great to work alongside other students from different Veterinary Institutions and during the project I have met some really lovely people who are dedicated to opening up learning resources to veterinary students and different target audiences.  During the project you get to work from home so you can work around other commitments.  The project runs weekly Skype conferences so immediately you feel part of the team and your opinions and ideas really count and matter.  The work areas are diverse and you can develop areas that you are interested in e.g. podcasts, dissection guides, information pages, quizzes etc .  I really hope that Wikivet continues to grow and expand and I wish the team every continuing success.  Wikivet really is a resource that current vet students cannot afford not to utilise and I only wish that I had had access to these resources as a student to aid my revision and learning.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity,
Best wishes
Jaimie Meagor

Friday, 12 August 2011

Project Staff Thoughts

One of our temporary staff, this year's graduate form the University of Nottingham Stephanie Massey, has now left to enjoy some time in Australia and the surrounding area. She has done very good work for us, produced many WikiVet pages from the CABI datasheets and their associated flashcards. She also worked on the Manson questions and started to explore integration of WikiVet pages into Wikipedia.

Before she left, she produced a document outlining her experiences working for WikiVet and the OVAL project and useful tips for anyone that would carry on with the work. You can see her thoughts here: WikiVet Hints and Tips.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

First Resources Reviewed

The review process of the pages created from the CABI datasheets and the flashcards from Manson question and answer book is now started. We have two pages already reviewed:

Bovine Ephemeral Fever

Enzootic Pneumonia of Pigs

One of the Manson books is now ready too:

Equine Orthopaedics and Rheumatology

Have a look and let us know what you think.